Her Shot: The Woman Who Won the World Cocktail Championship

Her Shot / October 23, 2014 / No Comments.

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A few weeks ago, approximately 60 bartenders from all over the world assembled in Cape Town, South Africa for the 2014 World Cocktail Championship. Hosted by the International Bartenders’ Association (IBA), the annual competition falls across 6 main cocktail categories: Before Dinner, Fancy, Sparkling, Long Drink, After Dinner and Flairtending, with winners of each individual round going through to the Super Final.

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  • Cocktail Corner: The Black Heart

    Cocktail Corner / October 23, 2014 / No Comments.

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    This cocktail is the perfect combination of spooky and sweet for your never-ending parade of Halloween parties. The Black Heart is sure to put everybody under its spell… especially if they have a thing for vodka. So treat yourself to a night of dark drinks and even darker thoughts.

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    I can’t, I have to watch AHS.

    Our Stories / October 22, 2014 / No Comments.

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    The time has come folks. We’ve gathered our courage all week long for another installment of American Horror Story: Freak Show. And now that we’re pretty familiar with the cast and the plot, we’ve decided to take our viewing experience to the next level. And by next level, we mean let’s get drunk.

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    Man Cave: Puck Drunk Love

    Beer / October 22, 2014 / No Comments.

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    Hockey season is here. Another reason to crack one open as you sink further into your couch for the winter months. But what if there were a way to pay homage to your toothless heroes without that boring old 30-rack by your side? Here are a few hockey-themed drinks that we promise will make you extra rowdy when the puck drops:

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    Upcycle Your Bottles, It’s The Crafty Thing To Do

    Our Stories / October 21, 2014 / No Comments.

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    The cold fronts are coming in, which means you have plenty of time to get crafty and we suggest doing it with alcohol. As you probably know, after a number of good nights, a collection of bottles begins to grow. Whether you recycle, display along the tops of your cabinets, or keep ‘em where you left ‘em, we have a better idea for you: upcycle your booze bottles.

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    Johnnie Walker & Sons Private Collection 2014 Edition

    Spirits / October 21, 2014 / No Comments.

    Calling all whisky collectors and connoisseurs: the 2014 edition of the Johnnie Walker & Sons Private Collection is here and is making a big splash in the Scotch whisky world. The new ultra-deluxe whisky, which comes in a classic dark blue glass decanter and is bottled at 46.8 % abv, is the beginning of a limited run assortment that will now be released every year. The idea behind the compilation is for people to build their own Scotch whisky collections year by year with batches that feature the superior artistry and “innovative spirit” behind the Johnnie Walker brand.

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    Best Cocktails Using Brandied Fruit

    Cider / October 20, 2014 / No Comments.

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    Brandied fruit is a delectable treat that’s a relatively easy process to make, not to mention it can be enjoyed at any time of the year. Letting fruit soak in alcohol is not only a perfect way to preserve your extra harvest at the end of the season, but also an ideal way to prepare for any occasion involving breakfast food or dessert (like a delicious fruit tart). Since today is National Brandied Fruit Day, we want to add a DIA-twist and show you how well brandied fruit can be combined with a variety of cocktails.

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    Costumes Cheaper Than Your Taste in Alcohol

    Beer / October 19, 2014 / No Comments.

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    Halloween is on a Friday this year, which means it’ll be more difficult than ever to get away with going costume-less. If you want to party on Halloweekend, you’ve gotta put in the effort just like everyone else. So what are you supposed to be? Choosing between spending money on a costume or alcohol is a tough call, so why not do both? Buy your booze and make a costume with the scraps. Here are a few of our favorite ways to dress like you drink:

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    A Sweet Day for Boozy Baking

    Our Stories / October 18, 2014 / No Comments.

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    Here at DIA, we love experimenting with new liquor brands and recipes; there’s nothing we enjoy more than a new and noteworthy spirit or cocktail. Still, offer us any dessert (and we mean any) and we will gladly set aside a bottle of booze—unless the two are already combined. With today being the “Sweetest Day,” we’ve compiled a list of our beloved boozy baked goods that you can indulge in at home (or at the office if the mood strikes).

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